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Powdermill Avian Research Center News

 Advanced Banding Workshop and NABC Certification Session...

Powdermill Avian Research Center is pleased to announce that we will be holding our Advanced Bird Banding Workshop September 8th – 12th and hosting a North American Banding Council Certification session September 12th – 14th.  

Located in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, Powdermill is the field station to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh) and has a rich history (53 years) of being a leader in bird banding. Participants can arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening (7th) and depart on Friday afternoon (12th) or stay for the certification session.  This will allow for 5 full days (weather permitting) of bird banding.  Participants in this workshop are expected to already be comfortable extracting birds from mist-nets, and the focus will be on the aging and sexing of passerines (using molt limits, plumage, iris color, and skull pneumatization).  The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds; however, these sessions will be complemented with some afternoon or evening presentations. 

The workshop costs $650 per person and on-site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast is included. We keep these workshops small (5-10) to ensure ample one on one instruction, so space is limited and workshops generally fill up quickly.  Preference will be given to those participating in the certification session.  If you are interested in the workshop or would like additional details for the advanced workshop please contact Luke DeGroote  (  Registration and fees for the NABC certification session will be handled separately; download the certification details here.


You Can Help...

Bird Bands

 If you would like to support the avian research conducted at Powdermill, why not consider our Adopt A Bird Band program. Adoptions also make great gifts for bird lovers, budding naturalists and conservation enthusiasts.



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Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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